Fiona Devereaux, RD, MSc SDH Candidate,
Registered Dietitian, Educator, Presenter and Indigenous anti-racism Facilitator
Good day, I am Fiona, white settler of Irish ancestry. I am a daughter, sister, auntie, friend and life long learner. My parents immigrated to Treaty 6 territory: homelands of Cree, Michif Piyii (Métis), Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧ ᓴᐦᖾᐟ (Blackfoot/Niitsítapi ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ), and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Saskatoon). I occupy and benefit from unceded, ancestral, and stolen homelands of Ləkʷəŋən Speaking Peoples of Songhees (Ləkʷəŋən) and Esquimalt (Xwepsum) Nations. Before, Canada, BC and Victoria were formed, this place was known as Metulia (Ləkʷəŋən). Ləkʷəŋən means ‘a place to smoke herring.’ I picture the vast amounts of herring being smoked and preserved. These lands and the environment are foundational to wellbeing. Healthy lands, healthy peoples.
Each day I acknowledge this deep connection and advocacy for the lands, waters and forests. In this, I must bring forward the vast colonial policies that impact and shap the lives of the all Indigenous families here on the island. I commit to learning more, listening deeply, reflecting on my power and privilege. I will continue to take steps to dismantle and disrupt racism within the society. I hope to build relationships with others who want to reflect on our collective responsibility to address these inequities and working towards social justice.
I have been honoured to have a long career working as a dietitian
alongside Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth communities. I am a life long learner and have completed two apprenticeships in Herbal Medicines and am currently completing an MSc Social Dimensions of Health on Indigenous Specific Racism. I spend my time with family, friends, hiking, camping, gardening and learning about the plants.